Private Mixing Course Level II

Private Mixing Course Level II

Workflow Efficiency

The Private Mixing Course Level II is a 12 week intensive mixing course designed to increase the efficiency and quality of your mixing work. Good workflow habits should enable you to finish 80% of a mix in a couple of hours without compromise in quality. Working efficiently on the ‘basics’ of a mix means you to can spend the larger portion of your mix time on the creative aspects of a mix.

This course will focus on workflow techniques and habits that allow you to work efficiently. Once you have established the workflow method that best suits your mindset, all you need to do is practice and there will be plenty of that here. The first 3 weeks of the course will involve ‘boot camp’ style mixing exercises to get your ‘mixing muscles’ in shape. What follows is a series of 3 full multitrack mixes that we will work on together from beginning to end.

As with the original Private Mixing Course, your mixes are evaluated, week by week, through each step in the mixing process. What makes this course different from every other mixing course is that you will submit your mix at each step of the mixing process and you will receive an evaluation of your work before moving on to the next lesson.

The Course can be joined at one of the 3 following participation levels:

  1. Class Participant (3 Final Mix Evaluations)
  2. Multi-Track Mix Submission
  3. Private Instruction 

1. Class Participant: This level allows you to participate in the live classes and have access to the multi-tracks that will be used in the demonstrations and assigned exercises. You can submit 3 final mixes from weeks 6, 9 & 12 which will be evaluated.

1. Multi-Track Mix: Starting with week 3, you will submit a Multi-Track mix each week demonstrating that week’s lesson (See Compatibility & Requirements below). In return you will receive a screen captured recording of my evaluation that includes a detailed review of your work, track-by-track, plugin-by-plugin.

2. Private Instruction: Starting with week 3, you will begin a series of 10, weekly scheduled, private lessons that are 1.5 hours in length. Using Google Hangouts, I will open your multitrack and we will go through the evaluation using screen-sharing and stereo audio transmission. (See Compatibility & Requirements below) In addition to a detailed evaluation, I will answer your questions and also provide demonstrations where necessary. You will also receive a screen captured recording of the lesson and the saved DAW session file from the lesson.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS…

  1. Attend or View Class #1: All Classes for each week are recorded and available from the Private Mixing Course Level II Launch Page which can be accessed using the “MPG Courses” navigation tab at the top of every web page and selecting “Private Mixing Course” from the list. Each class will contain instructions and demonstrations for that week’s work.
  2. Study Course Materials: In addition to the live class instructions, each week may also include a series of extra video materials you will be required to watch to enhance your understanding of each step in the mixing process.
  3. Start Mixing: Begin your mix following the provided instructions. If you have questions, you will be able to email me directly. Do not mix beyond that week’s assignment until your work has been evaluated.
  4. Submit Your Work: All mixes will be submitted via shared DropBox folder. Each person will have an individual DropBox folder shared only with me.
  5. Private Lesson or Multi-Track Evaluation: Private Lesson students will have their review at the scheduled lesson time in person. Multi-Track Mix Evaluation students will receive a video evaluation (approximately 30 mins long on average) of their work shared through their DropBox folder. Review the video and make the necessary corrections or adjustments before the next class. Private Lesson students must submit their work before the scheduled lesson.
  6. View the Next Class  Lesson Materials

COMPATIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

ALL Private Mix Membership Levels Should have the Following:

ALL Multi-Track and Private Lesson Students: If your primary plugin bundle is not shown below, please contact me

  • Available DAWs
    • Pro Tools 10 or above
    • Logic X
    • Studio One 3
    • Ableton Live
    • Cubase
  • Available Plugins: These are plugins I currently have licenses for. If you do not see your primary plugins listed please contact me.
    • Stock DAW Plugins for the DAWs listed above
    • Antares (AT8.1, EFX)
    • Celemony (Melodyne)
    • Eventide (Entire Collection)
    • Eiosis (Air EQ, E2 Deesser)
    • FabFilter (Entire Collection)
    • IK Multimedia (TRacks Deluxe, CSR and Amplitube)
    • iZotope (Entire Collection)
    • Kush Audio (Entire Collection)
    • Lexicon (Entire Collection)
    • Native Instruments (Komplete 11 Ultimate)
    • Plugin Alliance (Almost Entire Collection)
    • Slate Digital (Everything Bundle)
    • Sonnox (Elite Bundle)
    • Softube (Entire Collection)
    • Sound Radix (Entire Collection)
    • Sound Toys (Entire Collection)
    • Universal Audio (Entire Collection)
    • WaveArts (Entire Collection)
    • Waves (Entire Collection)
    • Assorted Plugins from the following Manufacturers (Audified, Exponential Audio, JST, Klanghelm, LSR, Massey, Melda, Metric Halo, Nomad Factory, Pensadia, Plug and Mix, SSL, UVI, Vahalla )

If you have questions regarding the available DAWs and Plugins listed above, please fill out the Contact form at the bottom of this page with your inquiry.

The Private Mixing Course Includes:

  • Multi-Tracks for Mixing Exercises
  • Access to Recorded Classes
  • Additional Support Videos
  • Direct Email Access For Questions

The Program

Class 1: Workflow Efficiencies Part 1: The 80% Principle (Sept 7)

The fundamental purpose of this course is to teach you how to establish an efficient workflow for the first 80% of a mix. The “first 80% of a mix” is the foundation from which all your creative work will built upon. The more efficient you become in this stage, the more energy will be left for the creative work that will make a “mix” into a “record”.

  1. Course Overview and Instructions
  2. Efficiencies for Levels and Panning
  3. Efficiencies for Equalization
  4. Efficiencies for Functional Compression
  5. Efficiencies for Vintage Enhancements
  6. Efficiencies for Basic Effects

Class 2: Workflow Efficiencies Part 2: Plugin Processing Workflows (Sept 14)

This class will weigh the benefits and weaknesses of different processing workflows. It is important to establish a processing chain workflow that you are comfortable with and can work most efficiently with.

  1. Finding the Best Workflow
  2. Digital Plugin Only Workflow
  3. Analog Emulation Plugin Only Workflow
  4. Channel Strip Workflow
  5. Hybrid Workflows

Class 3: Workflow Efficiencies Part 3: Mixing Workflows (Sept 21)

In order to establish an efficient workflow, you will need to incorporate good mixing habits and be able to interchange them as the mix deems necessary. This class will teach you how to replace your bad mixing habits with workflows that increase your efficiency and keep you from entering a mixing death spiral.

  1. Zoom-In  Zoom-Out Mixing
  2. No Solo Mixing
  3. Mixing Into Compression
  4. Top Down Mixing
  5. Integrating Mixing Workflows with Plugin Processing Chains

Class 4: Hip Hop Mix Part 1: Digital Only Workflow – No Solo Mix (Sept 28)

This class will feature the 80% Principle on a Hip Hop Mix using a Digital Only processing workflow with No Soloing in the mix. The primary purpose is to show how quickly a mix can be put together without directing individual sounds. Because this is all programmed music, notice that the functional compression is prior to EQ.

  1. Levels and Panning 
  2. Functional Compression
  3. Equalization
  4. Vintage Enhancements
  5. Basic Effects

Class 5: Hip Hop Mix Part 2: Creative Enhancements (Oct 5)

This class will focus on creative enhancements that are specific to Hip Hop music.

  1. Reverbs and Delays
  2. Filtering Effects
  3. Distortion Processing
  4. Transitional Effects
  5. Parallel Processing

Class 6: Hip Hop Mix Part 3: Finishing the Mix (Oct 12)

This class will fine tune the processing and effects work from part 2 and begins the process of detailing and finishing the mix.

  1. Production Assessment
  2. Detailing Effects and Processing
  3. Automation
  4. Mix Buss and Mix Stem Processing
  5. Finalizing the Mix

Class 7: Rock Mix Part 1: Channel Strip – Mixing Into Compression (Oct 19)

An aggressive Rock Mix is a perfect model for Channel Strip processing that is feeding into compression. Notice that the EQ is prior to the Functional Compression stage and all of this will be feeding into a mix bus or mix stem compression. Selecting the best compressor to mix into is an important decision that will shape the tonality of the entire mix as you build it. Choose wisely!

  1. Levels and Panning
  2. Selecting a Buss Processing Compressor
  3. Equalization
  4. Functional Compression
  5. Vintage Enhancements
  6. Basic Effects

Class 8: Rock Mix Part 2: Creative Enhancements (Oct 26)

This class will focus on creative enhancements that are specific to an aggressive Rock Mix.

  1. Reverbs and Delays
  2. Filtering Effects
  3. Distortion Processing
  4. Transitional Effects
  5. Parallel Processing

Class 9: Rock Mix Part 3: Finishing the Mix (Nov 2)

This class will fine tune the processing and effects work from part 2 and begins the process of detailing and finishing the mix.

  1. Production Assessment
  2. Detailing Effects and Processing
  3. Automation
  4. Mix Buss and Mix Stem Processing
  5. Finalizing the Mix

Class 10: Modern R&B Mix Part 1: Hybrid Mixing – Top Down Mix (Nov 9)

Modern R&B mixes incorporate a lot of Hip Hop and EDM elements along with some of the traditional R&B, Soul, and Gospel influences. This hybrid style requires hybrid mixing techniques that have a Hip Hop edge, R&B sheen, and the shapeshifting elements of an EDM mix. Knock out that 80% quickly because you will your time and energy for the creative enhancements!

  1. Levels and Panning 
  2. Functional Compression
  3. Equalization
  4. Vintage Enhancements
  5. Basic Effects

Class 11: Modern R&B Mix Part 1: Creative Enhancements (Nov 16)

This class will focus on creative enhancements that are specific to a modern R&B Mix.

  1. Reverbs and Delays
  2. Filtering Effects
  3. Harmonic Processing
  4. Transitional Effects
  5. Parallel Processing

Class 12: Modern R&B Mix Part 1: Finishing the Mix (Nov 30)

This class will fine tune the processing and effects work from part 2 and begins the process of detailing and finishing the mix.

  1. Production Assessment
  2. Detailing Effects and Processing
  3. Automation
  4. Mix Buss and Mix Stem Processing
  5. Finalizing the Mix

Bonus Class: Final Mix Submissions (Dec 7)

This class will feature the best final mix submissions from each student in the course, final assessments, preview of upcoming events and a PMC Level II wrap up.

  1. Final Mix Submissions
  2. Final Assessments & Advice
  3. What’s Next?
  4. PMC Level II Wrap Up

PURCHASE OPTIONS

Due to the time required to manage private lessons and multi-track mix submissions, the Private Mixing Course can only be purchased based on my schedule availability. Upon scheduling approval and completed payment, the course program will begin on a weekly basis without disruption. Please use the contact form below if you are interested and I will answer all questions and propose scheduling times to begin the program.

Multi-Track and Private Instruction members will need to work within the limitations of available DAWs and Plugins listed above.

Class Participant: $300

Multi-Track Mix: $1,250

Private Instruction: $2,000

If you are interested please contact me directly using the form below. All PMC Level II purchases will be made by invoice after your request has been processed

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